Perfect Pound Cake

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Elegant and simple, this rich and buttery pound cake is like the little black dress of dessert.

Pound Cake

Pound cake is like the little black dress of dessert.  It’s elegant in its simplicity; you can dress it up or down; and it’s wonderful anytime, anywhere. My all-time favorite recipe comes from The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum, a classic and essential cookbook for all bakers. While most traditional pound cake recipes call for equal weights of flour, sugar, eggs, and butter, Rose’s recipe incorporates milk, lots of extra butter, and a little baking powder.

The result is a rich and buttery yet fluffy pound cake that melts in your mouth. Rose writes: “This cake not only has a silky-smooth dissolving texture similar to famous Sara Lee pound cake but also the incomparable moist, butter flavor of a home-baked cake. It’s excellent keeping qualities make it ideal for slicing ahead and bringing on picnics.”

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How  to make pound cake

Before we get to the step-by-step instructions, a few words about the method. Pound cake is a “high-ratio” cake, which means that the weight of the sugar equals or exceeds the weight of the flour.

Why does this matter? Instead of the more common “creaming” method (where the butter and sugar are beaten together before the eggs, flour, and liquid are added), high-ratio cakes can be made using the “high-ratio” or “quick-mix” method. This involves mixing all the dry ingredients with the butter and some of the liquid first, then adding the remaining liquid ingredients. This method is not only faster and easier than the traditional creaming method, but it also yields incredibly tender and fine-textured cakes.

how to make pound cake

To begin, combine the milk, eggs, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Whisk with a fork until just combined and set aside.

how to make pound cake

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or with a hand mixer), place the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

how to make pound cake

Mix on low speed for about 30 seconds or until blended.

how to make pound cake

Add the butter and half of the egg mixture.

how to make pound cake

Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened.

how to make pound cake

Increase the mixer speed to medium (high speed if using a hand mixer) and beat for one minute.

how to make pound cake

Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the remaining egg mixture, in 2 separate additions, beating about 30 seconds after each addition to combine.

how to make pound cake

Be sure not to over-mix, or you’ll incorporate too much air into the batter and your pound cake won’t dome as nicely.

how to make pound cake

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon.

how to make pound cake

Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and a thin wooden skewer or toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

how to make pound cake

Place the cake on a wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes. Then remove the cake from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.

how to make pound cake

Wrap the cooled cake in plastic wrap or store in a large sealable plastic bag. The wrapped pound cake will keep for several days at room temperature, for one week when refrigerated, or it can be frozen for two months. Enjoy!

how to make pound cake

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Perfect Pound Cake

Elegant and simple, this rich and buttery pound cake is like the little black dress of dessert.

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 5 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons milk (skim, low fat, or whole)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cups cake flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled with a straight edge
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 13 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (no need to cut it in pieces)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Lightly grease an 8-in x 4-in x 2½-inch loaf pan with butter or nonstick cooking spray. Dust with flour, shaking off any excess. (Alternatively, use a nonstick cooking spray with flour in it, such as Baker’s Joy or Pam Baking Spray with Flour.)
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, and vanilla until just combined.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or with a hand mixer), place the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix on low speed for about 30 seconds or until blended. Add the butter and half of the egg mixture. Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened. Increase the mixer speed to medium (high speed if using a hand mixer) and beat for one minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the remaining egg mixture, in 2 separate additions, beating about 30 seconds after each addition to combine. Do not over-mix. (The batter may have a slightly curdled or grainy appearance -- that's okay.)
  4. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and a thin wooden skewer or toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Place the cake on a wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes. Then remove the cake from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack. Wrap the cooled cake in plastic wrap or store in a large sealable plastic bag.
  6. The wrapped pound cake will keep for several days at room temperature, for one week when refrigerated.
  7. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The cake can be frozen for up to 3 months. After it is completely cooled, double-wrap it securely with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place it in a heavy-duty freezer bag. Thaw overnight on the countertop before serving.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (8 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 339
  • Fat: 21 g
  • Saturated fat: 13 g
  • Carbohydrates: 34 g
  • Sugar: 19 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Sodium: 139 mg
  • Cholesterol: 120 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Reviews & Comments

  • I made your pound cake. It has a delicious taste, however, it was bone dry and not eatable. I am puzzled since I was careful to follow your instructions. Could you advise me what I might have done wrong. Your recipes are always delicious. Thank you for your reply. Jan F.

    • — Jan Finnegan on October 20, 2020
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    • Sorry you had a problem with this! Dryness is usually caused by measuring the flour incorrectly. Did you use the spoon and level method to measure the flour? Even a few extra ounces can make a big difference. This article/video explains it nicely. Also, did you serve them on the same day? Like most homemade cakes, they don’t stay fresh for long.

      • — Jenn on October 20, 2020
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  • Do you sift cake flour before measuring?

    • — Diane on October 2, 2020
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    • Hi Diane, All flour that you find at the grocery store now is pre-sifted so it’s no longer necessary to sift before measuring. 🙂

      • — Jenn on October 2, 2020
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  • Save yourself the wasted ingredients and cream the sugar with the butter first, as is normal with pound cake recipes. The instructions in this recipe = a messy greasy pile of glop.

    • — A on September 24, 2020
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  • My bread pan a USA is 8 1/2 x 4 1/2
    My cake was shallow. Just not what I wanted. Any advice. Oh I think I cooked it too long.
    Probably because I set time for a “fuller” cake. Like 55 min.

    • — Sandra on September 14, 2020
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    • Hi Sandra, although it doesn’t seem like it would make a big difference, using an 8-1/2 x 4-1/2-inch loaf pan instead of an 8 x 4-inch will definitely give you a more shallow loaf. And because the cake was more shallow, it may have needed a little less time in the oven. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on September 15, 2020
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  • Delicious, moist and simple. Everybody loved it!!!

    • — Janet on September 1, 2020
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  • 6 words: Indeed, the Perfect Pound Cake recipe!

    I’ve made this at LEAST 3 times in a row now because it finished immediately at home. The quantities are on point, the batter is amazing and it bakes so incredibly well – it tastes even better. Thank you so much, bless you!!

    • — shizlee on July 28, 2020
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  • This recipe has become a staple in my house! I make it every week or so, everyone loves it and it hasn’t failed me yet! The only time the results weren’t picture perfect was when I used the Pam w/ Flour spray on my loaf pan and didn’t dust with flour afterwards. It created a weird edge that didn’t rise as much and baked faster than the rest of the cake. The next time I used the Pam, I made sure to follow up with actual flour. Moral of the story: there’s no replacing the classic techniques! Haha. Anyway, awesome recipe! 10 stars!

    • — NK on July 13, 2020
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  • Hi Jen, I made this last night along with your berry sauce. While it smelled and tasted good. The texture was off, it was very dry. I followed the ingredients and your directions. Could I have overbeaten the mixture prior to putting it into the oven? I have made most of your recipes and my family thinks I’m an amazing cook. All thanks to you. I love your cookbook. I recommend the book & your website to all of my friends. Will you be releasing another cookbook anytime soon?

    • — Cici on July 7, 2020
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    • Sorry you had a problem with this, Cici! Dryness is usually caused by measuring the flour incorrectly. Did you use the spoon and level method to measure the flour? Even a few extra ounces can make a big difference. This article/video explains it nicely. And glad you like the cookbook; I actually am working on another one that’s set to be released in the Fall of 2021! :0

      • — Jenn on July 7, 2020
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  • Hi! Can I use all purpose flour instead of cake flour?

    • — Rose on July 6, 2020
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    • Hi Rose, If you have cornstarch, you can make cake flour. For every 1 cup of AP flour, replace 2 tablespoons with cornstarch. All-purpose flour alone will work, but the cake won’t be nearly as light and tender. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on July 7, 2020
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  • It literally came out perfect!!! I didn’t have cake flour, I used self rising flour, substituted the milk for almond milk and I substituted butter for smart balance butter. The most perfect pound cake ever.
    Thank you for your recipe, I also made your blue berry muffin and omg…the best.
    Thank you again.

    • — Edrica McKenzie on June 1, 2020
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  • First time trying the pound cake recipe and results were great…followed the recipe as listed …will be adding this recipe to my recipe box!!!!

    • — Maggie Belgie on May 18, 2020
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  • I made this and loved it. Just one question — the middle felt a little too thick or dense — what could be the reason?

    • — Amina on May 18, 2020
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    • Hi Amina, it sounds like the center may have been a bit underbaked. Next time, I’d give it a few extra minutes in the oven.

      • — Jenn on May 18, 2020
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    • Lovely recipe and the cake turned out a treat. Thank you for sharing it.

      • — Annu on May 25, 2020
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  • I just made the pound cake in a springform pan b/c my 2 loaf pans have not been returned by family members. It turned out beautifully! The taste is divine, it is sweet but not overly and it is very fluffy. It did not rise as much as it would have in a loaf pan but it rose enough. I followed the recipe exactly- it was one of the easiest cakes that I have made in a long time. I will certainly make it again !

    • — Marilyne on May 4, 2020
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  • This looks great! So moist and buttery. Could it be made in a 6-9 cup bundt pan and baked for the same amount of time? Thanks. It looks amazing 🙂

    • — C B on April 24, 2020
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    • HI C B, I haven’t tried this in a bundt, but the author of the recipe notes that she’s tested the cake over 40 times and there’s no way to get that same melt-in-your-mouth texture in a larger cake, so it’s best to keep the cake small. But you can definitely double the recipe and use two 8×4-inch loaf pans. The cake can also be made in a 6-cup loaf (9×5-in) or fluted tube pan. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on April 24, 2020
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      • Thank you for the advice! That is dissapointing that the texture would not maintain. I have seen some bundt pound recipes that can be made in a loaf pan, would this cake work vice versa even if the texture would not maintain ie would the cake bake and taste okay? I love the beautiful shape of bundt cakes.

        • — C B on April 24, 2020
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        • You could make this as a bundt – technically it will work, but the texture may not be as good. You may want to consider my Kentucky Butter Cake instead.

          • — Jenn on April 24, 2020
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  • Followed the recipe with all fresh ingredients and like others, it didn’t rise much which resulted in a dense cake. The flavor is spot on though and we enjoyed it. Because of the lack of rise, the sides cooked faster but the overall color was browned. I’d make it again but with some tweaks to the recipe so that we end up with a risen cake.

    • — Ro on April 18, 2020
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    • Hi Ro, Sorry to hear this didn’t rise as you expected. Was your oven fully preheated before you put the pound cake batter in?

      • — Jenn on April 19, 2020
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  • Hi Jenn. I made this cake tonight and it came out perfect. Little black dress, indeed. First time I made it last year, but it didn’t come out well, it was too dry. Tonight I replaced cake flour with self rising, baked in 170 degree oven for 45 min. Delicious! Thank you!

    • — Rasa on April 18, 2020
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  • Hi, just made it last night. Taste wise it’s ok for me. However, mine didn’t come out like your picture. My oven is in celcius, so 350F is about 176+ C, so I bake it at 180C but up till about 15mins the top is already like fully brown while the sides still pale yellow, center risen but didn’t cracked. So, end up pulling it out of the oven with center unbaked, so reheat it back and the top start to burn, so i decide to flip it bottom up and bake it till stick come out clean. I think next time I’ll try to bake it at 150-160C instead of 180C?

    • — Anot on April 9, 2020
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    • Hi Anot, Sorry to hear you had a problem with this! Yes, next time I’d suggest reducing the oven temp down to 150 and if you find that the top is browning before the center is done, loosely lay a piece of foil over top. Hope you have better luck if you try it again!

      • — Jenn on April 10, 2020
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    • Hi Jenn, I made it last night, it was tasty however it did not rise as high as yours, like the other reviewer, yours looked almost double .
      I will definitely make it again. My husband enjoyed it as well

      • — Athena Lee on April 11, 2020
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  • Hi Jenn,

    Mine came out quite delicious but did not rise almost at all. Yours in the pic rose twice as much. Im wondering where I could’ve gone wrong. All my ingredients were brought to room temperature. Any thoughts? Thank you so much

    • — Malak on March 28, 2020
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    • Hi Malak, Glad it tasted good but sorry to hear you had a problem with the rise. Was your oven fully preheated before you put the pound cake batter in? Is your baking powder old or expired? Any chance you measured something incorrectly?

      • — Jenn on March 29, 2020
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  • Made the cake today and the pound cake was perfect! My son loved it and gave me two thumbs-ups! Thanks a ton for the recipe! I brushed it with elderflower syrup and it was yum.

    • — Vasudha on January 16, 2020
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  • I’m a baker and this recipe didn’t work for me. 🙁 It was excessively greasy! A real shame because I waited an hour for a hot mess to come out of the oven…I think your method of mixing the batter worked for me and maybe the butter didn’t incorporate very well. I’ll stick to creaming the butter and sugar, I guess. On the plus side, it held its structure well though didn’t rise very much. I’m wondering whether your ingredients’ weight converter is correct (I live in England and used the grams measurements). It does seem like an awful lot of butter.

    • — Baker on January 1, 2020
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    • Hi, I just double-checked the metric conversions and they are correct. Sorry to hear you had a problem with this!

      • — Jenn on January 2, 2020
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      • I tried this today and it came out perfect for me despite I used brown sugar and slightly reduced the amount of it. And also I used AP flour ( before I read thru the other reviews about replacing 2 tbsp with cornstarch). Not too sweet, not too greasy, no eggy taste (I used brown eggs)…and I did add some black raisins too…Oh boy! Your recipe works well for a first time baker like me! Thanks Jenn…

        • — Zhela on May 30, 2020
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    • Thanks for sharing this magical recipe Jenn, it’s wonderful! I cannot believe how quick this is to mix up and it will be my go-to pound cake recipe from now on.

      • — Debra on February 28, 2020
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  • Hi Jenn, thank you so much for this fantastic recipe. I have made it quite a few times now and its an absolute family favorite.

    One question I have is – do you have any tips on how to soften the butter? I always end up keeping it on the counter for long time. But that makes it hard to plan the recipe ahead of time.

    • — JD on November 28, 2019
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    • Hi JD, Glad you like the pound cake! And regarding softening butter, if I haven’t left the butter out on the counter in advance, I’ll put the still-wrapped stick of butter in a small (snack or sandwich size) ziploc bag and submerge the bag in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes. After a couple minutes, pull it out and give it a little squeeze. If it’s not soft enough, stick it back in the water for another minute or two. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on November 29, 2019
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  • This is indeed the little black dress of desserts and is absolutely perfect on its own with a cup of coffee or tea but rises to the occasion when toasted and topped with vanilla ice cream and some chocolate sauce and fresh strawberries. Easy to throw together, satisfies the instant gratification craving for something sweet and makes the house smell wonderful. It’s also great to bring as a little special thank you to the postman, hairdresser, fav bank teller, etc. It travels well and gets better the day after its made.

    • — Marilyn Segal on November 9, 2019
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  • Hi Jenn,
    I keep Saco Cultured Buttermilk Blend on hand for various uses as any other type of fresh milk will go bad before I use it up. Packaging saids 4 Tbsps + one cup of water equals 1 cup of buttermilk. What do you think about me substituting this for the 3 Tbsps of milk called for in this recipe? Thank you.

    • — Ma Bell on May 15, 2019
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    • Hi, I’m not familiar with the product, but I suspect it should work. Please LMK how it turns out if you try it! 🙂

      • — Jenn on May 15, 2019
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  • Jenn, made this pound cake for the first time today, it was so very easy, your instructions spot on and the taste? Perfect pound cake, just like my grandma used to make, thank you very much for this wonderful recipe!!!

    • — Claudette on May 13, 2019
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  • Such a beautiful cake – perfect first time! Because Australia does not permit bleaching of flour (ie. no cake flour), I used all purpose flour and made up the recipe’s quantity with 2 tablespoons of cornflour added in. I also iced the cake with orange icing. Everyone LOVED it. Thank you

    • — Karen on May 1, 2019
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  • Hi Jenn,

    Would it be ok to sub the milk for heavy cream instead? (or alternatively dilute the cream in some water?).

    Thank you so much !

    Malak

    • — Mlak on March 10, 2019
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    • Hi Malak, I’d dilute the cream with a little water. 🙂

      • — Jenn on March 10, 2019
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  • Hubby asked me to make a pound cake – what do I do – check Once Upon A Chef!! Pound cake was absolutely delish – tender, flavorful – just downright delish! Thanks Jenn

    • — Tamera on January 23, 2019
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  • Please, can i triple the recipe to make a larger cake? Or what do you suggest i do to make a 4″ tall cake, without torting? thanks

    • — Grace on January 21, 2019
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    • Hi Grace, I haven’t tried it, but the recipe author comments that she’s tested the cake over 40 times and that it’s impossible to get that same melt-in-your-mouth texture in a larger cake, so it’s best to keep the cake small. But you can double the recipe and use two 4-cup (8×4-in) loaf pans. The cake can also be made in a 9×5-inch loaf pan or fluted tube pan. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on January 22, 2019
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  • Hi. I came across your blog in December 2018 and in less than a week, I have made 2 perfect New York style cheesecakes. I’m absolutely grateful.
    Question about the pound cake, can I use a 9.25inx5.25inx2.75in loaf pan for the cake? That’s the only one I have. Thanks.

    • — Oyinda on January 19, 2019
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    • So glad you found the blog and have had success with the cheesecakes! Yes, this recipe will work in a 9×5 loaf pan. Baking time may be slightly different so just keep a close eye on it. Enjoy! 🙂

      • — Jenn on January 20, 2019
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  • Hi Jenn! Just recently discovered your page – so glad I did! Love your recipes!
    I wanted to know if it’s ok to substitute cake flour with bread flour for this pound cake recipe?

    Thanks so much!

    • — Sam on December 19, 2018
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    • I don’t recommend it, Sam – the cake will be tough. Sorry!

      • — Jenn on December 20, 2018
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  • Hi Jen! I totally love your recipes!
    For this one… Could I split the batter in two and add cocoa powder to one half so that I can use it for a marbled cake?
    Thanks in advance
    Vanita

    • — Vanita Tondon on December 5, 2018
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    • Hi Vanita, I’m sorry, but I wouldn’t suggest that here. There are too many other variables to consider. (For example, cocoa powder is bitter so that would impact the amount of sugar needed in the recipe.)

      • — Jenn on December 6, 2018
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  • I was very excited to make this pound cake but was sadly disappointed in the taste. I followed it to a tee. Everything came out as I had hoped, the texture, moistness, it cracked nicely on the top etc. but it was too bland for a pound cake. Definitely needs more flavor.

    • — Karin Walker on November 1, 2018
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  • Hiya! Made this today in an attempt to discover a recipe I could use as a base to recreate the best-I’ve-ever-had from a Bed & Breakfast on Salina island in Italy. And it’s so so close I’m going to keep trying.

    It rose beautifully, but sank more than I’d hope / expect as it cooled. Got stuck in the pan (I need better pans). But it’s delicious. Any advice on sinking? Also, adding flavors like chocolate or apples and cinnamon?

    • Hi Jennifer, sorry to hear that this sank when cooling – it could be that your baking powder is a little old or that it was a bit underbaked.

  • Hi Jen,

    I’m interested to know how I could adapt this cake to become an orange pound cake? Are you able to help please? Many thanks, Nicole

    • Hi Nicole, You could add a teaspoon or two of orange zest to the batter, as well as an orange glaze made from confectioners sugar and orange juice. (Just don’t add orange juice to the cake batter, as that will alter the chemistry.)

      • Thanks for the advice Jen. I haven’t made it yet but I’m looking forward to trying it. I love all of your recipes.. You’re my go to! 🙂

  • luscious. absolutely luscious. thank you for this recipe. i was a bit skeptical at first because i was reading some dissatisfaction among the other comments.

    however, i have learned that a recipe is only as good as the person who follows it. i have no qualms with this recipe. what i did discover was that for my oven, i need to set the temperature for 325 and to only bake the cake for 45 minutes. i also did not need the baking powder.

    other than those personal adjustments, this is a fabulous cake and once again i thank you. i couldn’t wait for it to cool. i sliced it while it was hot. it was light, moist, and fluffy and bouncy and just plain ole delicious. what else do you want from a cake recipe?

  • Can I add blueberries to this pound cake?

    • Hi Karin, You could but you might find that it’s not sweet enough with the blueberries. I’d recommend trying my blueberry boy bait instead.

  • The cake had good flavor, but way too dense for me. I think next time I will add more liquid.

  • I don’t have any milk or cream on hand but I do have almond milk. Would that work? I also have yogurt which I could dilute. Trying not to run to the store for one item.
    Traffic is terrible and we like to carefully plan our shopping trips.

    Thank you, I so love your recipes!

    • Hi Petra, Glad you like the recipes! The cake calls for such a small amount of milk that using almond milk should be fine. Hope you enjoy it!

  • What is the oven temperature?

    • Hi Cheryl, The cake should be baked at 350°F/175°C. Enjoy!

  • Hi, I made this cake and it Came wonderfully, but the rip over the cake didn’t come as shown in the picture. Can you please explain more how to do it

    • Hi Roshani, Glad you enjoyed it! Regarding the split on the top, there’s no real science to it; each time I’ve made it, it’s come out a bit differently. Sometimes it has that split and sometimes it doesn’t. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

  • Could you make this cake in a bundt pan?

    • Hi Liz, I haven’t tried it, but the author of the recipe notes that she’s tested the cake over 40 times and there’s no way to get that same melt-in-your-mouth texture in a larger cake, so it’s best to keep the cake small. But you can safely double the recipe and use two 4-cup (8×4-in) loaf pans. The cake can also be made in a 6-cup loaf (9×5-in) or fluted tube pan. Hope that helps!

  • Bland and not nearly as sweet enough to be considered a pound cake. Texture and density are that of any regular cake and not a dense heavy pound cake. It needs, at least, double the eggs and another cup of sugar, more vanilla flavoring.

  • Amazing texture and flavor! Mine didn’t rise very high but was still darn good.

  • Hi Jenn, I love your Perfect Pound Cake and your Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake! However, my husband prefers a lemon pound cake made in a loaf pan- go figure! Can you please tell me how much lemon juice or zest should be added to the Perfect Pound Cake recipe without altering the beautiful texture? Thanks so much! I cannot wait to receive your new cookbook!!!😊

    • Hi Julie, Rose Levy Beranbaum actually has a lemon poppy seed variation of her Perfect Pound Cake. Here’s a link to the recipe. You could also make my Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake in two 8-1/2 x 4-1/2-inch loaf pans. Hope that helps!

      • Thank you for the the recommendations and your time. I gathered my courage and adjusted the Perfect Pound Cake using lemon zest, juice and a smidge of lemon oil. I also iced with a lemony glaze….another perfect cake!

        • Glad you enjoyed! 🙂

  • Easy to make! I had a bit of cream cheese left from another recipe so I subbed it for some of the butter. IMO, the cake improves a day or two after being wrapped and stored. The crust softens and is more like the store bought pound cakes I remember from childhood.

  • I recently made this wonderful pound cake.
    Super easy and my husband loved it. He said it was better than Starbucks. 🙂
    I didn’t have cake flour so I created my own with 1/4 c of cornstarch.
    I’ve loved every recipe I’ve tried.
    I always tell my friends you are my favorite chef!

  • I made this exactly per recipe and it tasted delicious. I froze half a loaf and served it to guests with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and a dollop of sour cream/brown sugar. This pound cake freezes perfectly so can made made ahead. I am so glad I tried your recipe.

  • This pound cake is fantastic! Not too heavy or lite, and with so much great flavor. I had mine with some strawberries and home made whipped cream. Delicious!

  • Followed the instructions to the letter… It certainly is the perfect pound cake… Thank you..

  • Can you use all purpose flour if that is all you have?

    • Hi Karen, Do you have any cornstarch? For every 1 cup of AP flour, replace 2 tablespoons with cornstarch to make your own cake flour. All purpose flour alone will work, but the cake won’t be nearly as light and tender.

  • This recipe was very fast and easy! I really enjoyed the “quick mix” method.
    The pound cake was absolutely delicious and looked exactly like the one in the picture which looked just like one from a bakery! The whole family loved it and everyone came back for seconds! The outside had a yummy crisp crust and the middle was moist. I will be baking this recipe again and again! No need for Starbucks cake anymore!

  • Hi! The cake was very delicious no doubt. I followed the recipe just like what you said, but I felt it was very dense and eggy. I felt very heavy after eating a few bites of it. I thought it was suppose to be light and spongy, did I do anything wrong?

    • Hi Anita, sorry to hear this wasn’t quite right for you! The cake is definitely a bit dense (from a buttery melt in your mouth standpoint) but not eggy. Did you make any substitutions?

  • Hi Jenn! I wanted to know if you use table or kosher salt? Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Diana, I always use table salt unless otherwise specified. Hope that helps!

  • Excellent, I had an abundance of strawberries and blueberries. So I decided to make the pound cake when I saw it in my email. Excellent

  • This was a fantastic pound cake. I went by the recipe exactly as written. Very easy to make and delicious to eat. I think it would be wonderful with either peaches or strawberries and whip cream. Thank you.

    Carolyn

    • — Carolyn Cummings
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  • My pound cake did not turn out perfect 🙁 it came out an undesirable spongy consistancy and tastes a little too eggy. What did I do?

    • So sorry you had trouble! Happy to help troubleshoot. Did you make any substitutions by chance?

      • No. I doubled the recipe because I wanted to make one for my grandmother. I double checked that I doubled every ingredient correctly and I’m certain I did…?!

        • I was trying to make sure I didn’t over mix it but is that possible? I have historically had trouble with more temperamental baking recipes because I’ve never really been a baker. Did I maybe add the egg mixture too quickly or is it possible to mix THAT part too much? I really thought I followed the recipe exactly but I must have missed something.

          • Hi Taylor, With the high-ratio method used here, you really don’t have to worry about overmixing so I don’t think that’s it. I wonder if you possibly made a mistake with the ingredients when doubling the recipe? I only ask because I have done that MANY times and have learned to rewrite the recipe before starting so I don’t accidentally forget to double something. This same recipe is on Joy of Baking with a video – I suggest watching it to be sure you did everything correctly. Hope that helps!

            • — Jenn
          • Those are awesome suggestions! Thank you!

            • — Taylor W.
  • We thought the cake was delicious, but I baked it in a glass pyrex and thought it got a little too dark. Would you reduce the temperature for a glass pan?

    • Hi Martha, Yes, I’d reduce by 25°F.

  • I admit I’m not much of a baker. I prefer the savory side of life, but this pound cake is made with ingredients I always have on hand and looked so pretty online, I thought I’d give it a try. First, it’s very easy to make. Second, it’s a nice light dessert despite it being called “pound” cake. It could have been the bad baker in me, but this cake did not rise very tall – I would say about 3-3.5″ at the center. I did get the split in the top as shown. It has a very nice golden almost crispy crust and soft, but not super duper, moist center. I stopped short of 5 stars because I like a really moist cake and I cannot describe this pound cake as really moist though its flavor is quite satisfying. Definitely worth having on hand for a light dessert or breakfast cake.

    • Hi Heidi, It sounds like you did everything perfectly – the cake should be 3-1/2 inches high in the center. And you’re right, it is more of a fluffy cake then a dense, super-moist cake. That said, it’s possible that the cake could have been slightly overcooked. You might try reducing the cook time by about 5 minutes next time.

      • Like Heidi, I was disappointed by how dry this cake was. Also, the cake was not completely done in the middle. I’m a good, experienced baker. Two questions – Jenn, I used a metal pan to bake like in your photos – what temperature did you bake at using that pan? Also, what internal temperature should the cake be when done? I use my instant read thermometer all the time on baked goods.

        • Hi Linda, I’m sorry you did not get great results with this recipe! To answer your questions, I baked the cake 1t 350°F. I don’t use an instant-read thermometer for baked goods, but I believe the internal temp for a cake like this should be about 210°F. Perhaps you already do this as you mentioned you are a seasoned baker, but because pound cakes can be a bit finicky, you may want to measure the ingredients by weight to make sure you’re getting the amounts pretty exact. This same recipe is on Joy of Baking with a video – I suggest watching it to be sure you did everything correctly. Hope that helps!

          • I will take your suggestions to heart. I cannot remember if I weighed the ingredients. I made three different cakes over the weekend and I know I weighed out one of them, but I don’t think it was this one. I’ll be sure to try that. I baked at 350. I took the cake out before it was at 210 because I thought it was browning too much and the toothpick seemed right so I can make an adjustment there. I will watch that video. Thank you for your help. Your recipes have been sure things for me – always the best (fill in the blank) – so I’m going to give this another try.

            • — Linda Jean
  • I got excited when I got the email for this recipe. I’ve been wanting to try a new recipe for pound cake and this one was amazing. So light and fluffy. Just yummy yummy. You rock Jenn!

  • Made ‘the perfect pound cake’ for my 93rd birthday! It was absolutely delicious! Thank you for the recipe.

    • — Elizabeth Bender
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    • Happy 93rd birthday, Elizabeth! So happy you enjoyed it. 😊

    • Happy 93 indeed!

  • Made this last night and it was SO good. I couldn’t believe how fluffy and delicious it turned out. Next time I’ll double the recipe and make two.

  • That method was wonderful – so much faster than the normal creaming method. Can I successfully put this method into practice with any pound cake recipe?

    • Hi Shelley, I agree – it’s so much easier! Technically yes but I find that if a recipe is tested using the creaming method, the high-ratio method can give you a totally different cake. If you try it, be sure that the weight of the sugar equals or exceeds the weight of the flour (calculate about 7 oz for a cup of sugar and 4 oz for a cup of flour).

  • What is 13 tablespoons of butter in gms? Thank you.

    • Hi Patricia, If you look in the top right corner of the recipe, you’ll find a button that allows you to toggle between metric and cup measures. Hope that helps!

  • Would it be possible to substitute coconut oil for the butter? Or do like 1/2 butter and 1/2 coconut oil?

    • I don’t recommend it, Farah. Sorry!

  • Hi Jenn-

    I don’t have cake flour on hand. Could I use all purpose?

    • Hi Dawn, Do you have any cornstarch? For every 1 cup of AP flour, replace 2 tablespoons with cornstarch to make your own cake flour. All purpose flour alone will work, but the cake won’t be nearly as light and tender.

  • If I wanted to make this into a marble cake, can you tell me your best choice of chocolate (melted? cocoa powder? syrup?) and how best to incorporate it?
    Many many thanks and I can’t tell you how very much I enjoy your recipies. They’re wonderful and very reliable!!!
    Many thanks,
    Jill Lustig

    • Hi Jill, So glad you’re enjoying the recipes! I’d probably use Dutch-processed cocoa to make a marble cake with this batter — although it’s hard to know for sure how well it will work without trying it first.

  • Hi Jenn

    Glad people asked about adding lemon such as your lemon pound cake recipe since I’ve made it six times now.

    I also wondered about adding blueberries?

    What do you think?

    • Hi Eric, This cake isn’t overly sweet so I worry that the tartness of the blueberries would be overwhelming. If you’d like to make a blueberry cake, I highly recommend trying my Blueberry Boy Bait.

      • Oh Jenn, been there, loved it, renamed it “girl bait” 😉

        Thanks

  • Hi Jen,
    Can you use regular all-purpose flour instead of cake flour?

    Thank you,
    Mary

    • Hi Mary, Do you have any cornstarch? For every 1 cup of AP flour, replace 2 tablespoons with cornstarch to make your own cake flour. All purpose flour alone will work, but the cake won’t be nearly as light and tender.

  • Would you be able to double recipe and bake in tube or bundt pan??

    • Hi Debbie, I haven’t tried it but the author of the recipe notes that she tested the cake over 40 times and there was no way to get the same melt-in-your-mouth texture in a larger cake, so it’s best to keep the cake small. That said, you can safely double the recipe and use two 4-cup (8×4-in) loaf pans. The cake can also be made in a 6-cup loaf (9×5-in) or fluted tube pan. Hope that helps!

  • This looks delicious. Going to make it today. If I wanted a lemon or orange infused version, how much juice/rind should I add?
    Thank you.

    • Hi Peg, That sounds delicious. I think I’d start with 1 to 2 teaspoons packed zest (depending on how strong you want the flavor). You could also make a drizzling glaze with confectioners sugar, zest, and citrus juice. I’d love to know how it turns out!

      • The glaze from your Lemon Buttermilk Cake is wonderful and could be a choice for for Peg.

    • Hi Peg,
      Not sure if you’ve made it yet but I just did and used the zest and lemon glaze as suggested here. Came out wonderfully. Only one loaf left after 30 minutes!

  • Ooooooo! Now I know what I’m doing tonight!!!!

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